The other day, whilst carrying out a Speed Watch operation on Springdale Road, an irate motorist pulled up and shouted out “Haven’t you got better things to do with your time?” This, sadly, is a view expressed by a small minority of motorists who seem to believe that speed restrictions are placed on roads for no good reason, and that those who seek to remind motorists of the speed limits are people with ‘nothing better to do’.
Thankfully, the majority of motorists appreciate the fact that speed limits in the United Kingdom are applied to roads for the purposes of road safety (to reduce the number of road casualties), to reduce the negative environmental impacts of traffic, to increase fuel use efficiency and to satisfy local community wishes.
The Department for Transport believes that effective speed management involves many components but that speed limits play a ‘fundamental role’ and are ‘a key source of information to road users’ particularly as an indicator of the nature and risks posed by that road to both themselves and other motorised and non-motorised users.
If your Community Speed Watch team can play a part in improving driver behaviour, reducing the likelihood of one serious accident, reducing the likelihood of serious injury or death on our local roads, then it is difficult to argue that ‘we would have better things to do with our time!’
Drive safely, and help us to ‘make Broadstone a safer place to live’.
A fatal casualty, apart from the obvious impact on family and friends, costs the public purse in the region of £1.4 million in resources – without casualties where better could that money be spent – NHS, Schools etc.
Every day we all read about shocking accidents on our roads, and vehicles being driven at excessive speed often feature as being amongst the causes of such accidents.
‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live‘ must be important to everyone who resides in Broadstone.
One way in which to achieve this is to carry out a number of initiatives, one of which is to support Dorset Police in their efforts to improve driver behaviour on the roads that criss-cross our county.
In Broadstone this is achieved by Dorset Police speed reduction initiatives, and providing support to your Broadstone Community Speed Watch team.
In order for your Community Speed Watch team to be effective we need to raise sufficient funds to cover our day to day operating costs, and from time to time upgrade and/or replace the safety clothing and equipment required to allow us to operate safely and efficiently.
Since the 1st July 2017 Tesco have provided a means by which communities and others can support causes such as ours under their ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.
Three clear plastic bins have been placed in all Poole and Bournemouth large stores, and Tesco customers can request ‘Blue Tokens’ which they may place in the bins of their choice. This option costs you nothing extra, and is a hugely effective way to show your support for any of the ‘good causes’ you may choose.
Right now Broadstone Community Speed Watch have no other source or means by which to raise funds, so we would genuinely implore you to support us by putting as many tokens as you will in the bin allocated to Broadstone Community Speed Watch.
This fund raising scheme will close on the 31st August 2017. We genuinely, and desperately, need your support.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be bringing its Emergency Services Family Fun Day to Kings Park, Bournemouth on Saturday 22 July from 11am to 4pm.
Following two very successful years at Poole Park, the free family event is making the move to Kings Park, Bournemouth to help the emergency services engage with new families and communities.
Kings Park is situated just north of Boscombe town centre, next to AFC Bournemouth, where there is plenty of parking available.
As in previous years, the Family Fun Day will be presented with Dorset Police, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and local education charity SafeWise.
The Emergency Services Family Fun Day provides a platform for all of the ‘blue light’ services to demonstrate their appliances, equipment and skills in a safe and controlled environment.
You and your family will be able to meet some of the great people who help to keep your community safe, with many activities and demonstrations for everybody to enjoy.
See how Dorset Police use their highly trained police dogs, their specialist Marine Unit and their new drone fleet to tackle crime across Dorset. Meet paramedics and find out more about the local Air Ambulance. Learn how the Fire and Rescue Service rescues animals large and small. Experience how dangerous putting water onto a chip pan can be and see why installing sprinklers is the best way to stop a house fire in its tracks and so much more.
Since its inception in 2010, the Emergency Services Family Fun Day has raised over £12,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and SafeWise and promises to get the school summer holidays off to the perfect start.
Good news – since the relaunch of Broadstone Community Speed Watch the end of April 2017, the Watch has completed more CSW operations than it did in a year under the previous arrangements.
Good news – more residents of Broadstone are engaging with members of the Broadstone Community Speed Watch and sharing their issues and concerns regarding vehicles being driven at excessive speed on our local roads. This enables the Watch to target their efforts, and to pass on information to Dorset Police which might be acted upon by them.
Good news – and perhaps the best news to date, is that Broadstone Community Speed Watch has had an application for funds approved by Tesco, this under the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.
The Broadstone Community Speed Watch ‘Special’ event is now a distant memory, and your Community Speed Watch team is back in the business of monitoring vehicle speeds on the roads and highways that pass through the Broadstone Ward.
Broadstone Community Speed Watch (BCSW) recommenced operations on the 16th May and, up to the 26th May, had carried out Speed Watch operations on West Way, Pinesprings Drive, Springdale Road, Roman Road and Lancaster Drive. Further operations are planned for the months ahead.
Feedback from several residents, who live on or near these roads, was encouraging and confirmed the need for Community Speed Watch operations. One resident asked if the attendance of your Speed Watch team could be a regular event, since the reduction in vehicle speeds produced a noticeable reduction in noise levels.